Former Victorville City Councilwoman Angela Valles will challenge San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood in a runoff election this November.
June 7, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.
We said it was a possible election outcome that could indeed happen, and it did.
Former Victorville City Councilwoman Angela Valles will face San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood in November.
In the only real contest of the evening, Valles placed second in a field of five, with the help of her husband, former Apple Valley Town Councilman Rick Roelle, who also was a candidate.
Roelle placed third. He essentially pulled votes from the other two, fourth and fifth place candidates, Hesperia Councilmen Paul Russ and Bill Holland.
Lovingood only pulled about 40-percent of the vote. The result means he’s vulnerable.
Here are the reasons why:
- Valles made a name for herself as a firebrand on the Victorville City Council, where she wasn’t in the go-along-get-along group.
- Valles received high-publicity over her challenging the status quo on contracting and spending.
- Valles will be a female Latino candidate in a expected high-turnout presidential primary.
- Valles will get funding.
- Both candidates are republicans. But Valles will likely draw democrat voters.
There’s several rounds of bad news on the horizon for the county. It’s the type of bad news that will reflect poorly on county supervisors, who’ve been playing the “speak no evil”, “hear no evil” and “see no evil” brand of politics. The type of politics, mainly bad judgement and coverups, that’s cost the county dearly in multiple legal settlements, past, present and future.
Lovingood should be worried.